Feb 5, 2018

Nella

Hearing the young Venezuelan singer Nella in real space for the first time felt like stumbling upon a new species. I wanted to collect specimens, come to understand it, preserve it. To the songs she s...
Oct 29, 2015

Melissa Aldana

South Americans get the saxophone in a way that gets to me. It started with Gato Barbieri and Last Tango in Paris, his tenor paradoxically sharp and lush, a bite and a kiss. It stayed with me, like an...
Sep 16, 2015

Gato Barbieri

I was able, on Monday night, to watch Gato Barbieri play the saxophone from a few paces away. He is in his early 80s, but nothing in his music wears and in the breath that powers it nothing falters. I...
Apr 3, 2015

10

I haven’t seen the Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet so elegant, in sound or deportment, as they were Monday night at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. The spot has an elegance in its own right,...
May 31, 2014

MalPaso Dance Company

I had certain impressions of the MalPaso Dance Company of Cuba at the Joyce, but none was stronger than that the dancers had not been trained into their bodies but in them. They are so present in thei...
Jun 3, 2013

Pedro Giraudo

It is not just his “big” band. Everything about the music of Pedro Giraudo is vast, enlarged in space, time and ambition, extended to the far-off horizons that the sounds he makes compel us to vis...
Jan 16, 2013

South American Music Festival

Monday night at the Zinc Bar, the Lilihouse Agency presented the first annual NYC SOUTH AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL. Four hours, four artists and their bands, four from the bar to lighten the heat. First ...
Aug 10, 2012

Gabriel Alegría Afro-Peruvian Sextet

Last night at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet outdid itself with a septet of special features: (1) The rare presence in New York of the band’s original drummer, Hugo A...
Nov 3, 2011

Camila Meza

Camila Meza has once again executed the rare feat of both singing the standards and playing the guitar, this time at the Cornelia Street Café’s downstairs cabaret, one of my favorite New York v...